By Richard Clarke in Kiev
Arsenal should be afraid of no-one in world football, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Frenchman was speaking in Kiev ahead of his side’s Champions League Group G opener against Dynamo. This is Arsenal’s 11th successive season in Europe’s top competition and since 2000 they have always reached the Knockout Stages. Three seasons ago they were within 13 minutes of winning the trophy for the first time.
Perhaps that recent record explained Wenger’s bullish mood at his pre-match press conference. However, despite his global confidence, the Arsenal manager was wary of the threat the local side could pose this evening.
"We are happy to play our football," he said. “We are afraid of nobody in the world.
"But we do respect Dynamo Kyiv. I feel their strength mainly is that they are very efficient as a team.
"They are very hard-working with good discipline, and up front they can score goals with Artem Milevsky and Ismael Bangoura.
“To knock Spartak Moscow out [in the qualifiers] and score eight goals has one advantage for us - it will keep us on our toes and prepare us mentally because that is a remarkable performance."
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